Burkina Faso’s army announced on Monday that President Roch Kabore had been deposed, the constitution had been suspended, the government and national legislature had been dissolved, and that the country’s borders had been blocked.
The army cited the deterioration of the security situation and Kabore’s incapacity to unite the West African nation and successfully respond to problems, including an Islamist insurgency, in making the announcement.
The announcement, signed by Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba and delivered on state television by another officer, stated that the takeover was peaceful and that those detained were being held in a secure place.
The Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration, or MPSR in French, issued the declaration in the name of a previously unknown organisation.
“The MPSR, which represents all branches of the army, has voted to terminate President Kabore’s appointment today,” the statement added.
On Monday, Kabore’s whereabouts were unclear, with conflicting stories of his whereabouts.